Alumni Stories

Bloch School alumni can be found in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, making important contributions and making a difference, center stage and behind the scenes.

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Class Notes

Three graduates were named to Ingram's 20 in the Twenties List.

  • Laura Boswell, (BBA '08 & MBA '13)
  • Jordan Brunk, (EMBA '13)
  • Ben Pepper, (MERE '14)

Irene Caudillo (MPA '90), President and CEO of El Centro honored with a NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

Adam Caine (JD'09, MPA '09) wins prestigious Hocker Award.

Jason Carter-Solomon (MERE '13) joins Enterprise Bank & Trust.

Texas Senator Brian D. Birdwell (MPA '96) assigned to Senate State Affairs Committee

Lindsay Jones (MBA '80) is now President, CEO and the second generation to run his family's business, the Lawrence A. Jones and Sons Funeral Chapels.

Larry Parrish (EMBA '04) has been named a financial representative for COUNTRY Financial

April 7 election results:

  • Michael Hagan (BA '99, MBA '04): Liberty City Council Ward 4
  • Matt Pepper (MBA '10): Park Hill R-5 School Board
  • Lyndell Brenton (EMBA '02): Liberty Mayor

James Crawford II (MBA '88) named interim leader of US Bank's The Private Client Reserve

Casey Donahoo (MBA '13) joins Block Construction Services as Project Manager

Brett Lane (BBA '02) is now an account executive at Aon Risk Solutions

Pat Murfey (EMBA '98), vice president of Evergreen Real Estate Services, is the 2015 president of the Kansas City Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM).


Kathryn Ruth Hoefer (BBA '79)
John Bernard Ryan (MBA '67)
William Wesley Emerson (BBA '66)
Mr. Kenneth Edwin Phillips (CU (certificate undergraduate) '84)
Gary P. Ziegenhorn (BBA '71, MBA '80)
Erica Ware (BS '02)
Joseph Deghelder (BBA, '76)
Aubrey "Chuck" Churchman (BBA '62)
Gordon M. Graves (MBA '92)


Daniel Boarder Joins Whitley Penn as Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager

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Daniel A. BoarderWhitley Penn, one of the region's most distinguished public accounting and consulting firms, is pleased to announce that Daniel A. Boarder has joined the Dallas offices as Transaction Advisory Services Senior Manager. Boarder was previously with BKD.

Boarder provides essential consulting services by assisting private equity firms and corporate buyers in evaluating potential acquisition targets. He has managed over 150 engagements with transaction values ranging from less than $1 million to over $750 million. Boarder's consulting experience includes providing evaluations of post-transaction matters, such as purchase accounting, working capital analysis and related negotiations. To date he has successfully negotiated over $50 million in post-transaction purchase price adjustments in favor of his clients in a variety of industries.

"We are excited to have Daniel join the Transaction Advisory Services team. His knowledge and experience are true assets and will benefit our clients greatly," stated Felix J. Lozano, III, CPA & CFE, and Partner in Charge of the Audit practice at Whitley Penn.

Prior to working in public accounting, Boarder spent over nine years in the financial services industry performing financial analysis, evaluating operational efficiency and supporting growth initiatives. In total, he has over 15 years of professional experience in a variety of industries and roles.

Boarder is a graduate of DePaul University, Chicago, with a B.S. degree in Finance. In addition, he is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the Bloch School at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Husch Blackwell Adds UMKC Alumna to Levee and Flood Control Team

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Husch Blackwell welcomes Senior Counsel Karin M. Jacoby, P.E., as an attorney to its Kansas City, Mo., office. Jacoby will concentrate her practice on Levee & Flood Control matters as a member the firm's Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group. She brings 25 years of experience in water resources and public works, as well as national-level policy expertise.

Jacoby is a member of the National Committee on Levee Safety. She was appointed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army of Civil Works to represent local/regional interests on the Committee, which was created by Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She also served on the National Academy of Sciences levee committee that authored the recently released report for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Policies and Practices.

Jacoby has been the Executive Director of the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition (MOARC) since 2001. This long-standing nonprofit was formed following the ravaging local floods of 1951 to advocate for flood control and water conservation, and continues with that mission today.

In 2009, Jacoby founded Spica Consulting LLC, an engineering and flood-risk management firm. A professional engineer registered in both Missouri and Illinois, she was previously employed by the City of Kansas City, Mo., as an Assistant City Engineer and Division Manager. Jacoby led the City's waterways program, working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on projects such as the Blue River Channel Modification, Turkey Creek/Tunnel, and Brush Creek Flood Control and Beautification. While working for the City of Kansas City, Jacoby earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (2006)) and her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1999). Initially upon receiving her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology (1985), Jacoby worked as a Design Engineer and Project Manager for the St. Louis-based firm Booker Associates Inc. (1986-1995).

Since 1929, Husch Blackwell has represented clients in levee and flood control matters, including the planning, financing and construction of public infrastructure and flood control systems. The firm's Levee & Flood Control team has a unique understanding of the legal and legislative issues surrounding levee and drainage facilities and the entities that build and manage them. Through numerous critical projects, Husch Blackwell attorneys have consistently and successfully partnered with clients, engineers, financial advisors, the USACE, FEMA and other state and local governments, to develop legal strategies and solve complex legal matters in a cost-effective manner.

Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused, full-service litigation and business law firm with locations in 16 U.S. cities and in London. National and global leaders are represented in major industries that include energy and natural resources; financial services; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation. Husch Blackwell attorneys provide deep expertise and insights to overcome obstacles, identify opportunities and create meaningful results for its clients. Visit for more information.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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